Football is Australia’s largest club-based participation sport. With more than 1.96 million* participants representing over 200 different cultures, it is the most diverse and globally connected game within the Australian sporting landscape. In Queensland, there are 700,000+ people actively involved in Football each weekend.
Football Queensland’s Strategic Infrastructure Plan outlines infrastructure priorities and funding required to drive progress towards the state’s critical facility needs. Several essential community upgrade projects have been identified state wide, enabling all clubs to meet existing demand and build capacity.
Utilising comprehensive data-driven and needs-based analysis, FQ has prioritised the infrastructure and funding required to drive progress towards the state’s critical facility needs whilst also unlocking the immense opportunity of the forthcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup.
“The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 represents a once in a generation chance to create a profound and lasting legacy for women and girls as we lead into a significant period of participation growth,” FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci said.
“Football Queensland has established clear infrastructure priorities aligned to the Women’s World Cup and identified legacy opportunities to partner with all levels of Government to support infrastructure delivery, maximising benefits for Queenslanders through a strategic approach to facilities funding.
“The top three funding priorities identified include, first, the establishment of a Home of Women’s Football and Women’s Centre of Excellence at Meakin Park; second, Regional High-Performance Centres for North and Central Queensland; and third, the construction of a boutique 15,000-seat rectangular stadium.
“Football Queensland has also identified the importance of Government investment through a newly established Football Infrastructure Fund to efficiently deliver essential community upgrades and projects throughout the state, enabling our 317 clubs to meet existing demand and build capacity.
“Despite football being the number one club-based participation sport in the state, it has been massively underfunded. Better infrastructure is vital to ensuring our growing base of over 180,000 participants have facilities that are appropriate, meet minimum basic standards and deliver quality football experiences.”